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Capital Area Transit (CAT) operates a variety of transportation services in Harrisburg, Cumberland County, and Dauphin County. Among these is fixed-route bus service which serves the entire urbanized area. For individuals who cannot use fixed-route bus service, including wheelchair users, CAT offers its Special Efforts Transportation (SET) Program.
The SET program provides door-to-door service for qualified persons, in the areas and at the times when bus service is generally available. It is intended to be complementary to fixed-route bus service, and as such is intended to fulfill the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The service is shared-ride in nature. That means that you will likely be riding with others, and that other individuals may be picked up and dropped off before you reach your destination. We try to make sure that the trip takes no longer than one hour, but the trip will take longer than if you were going by yourself, so passengers need to plan accordingly.
Individuals are eligible to use CAT’s SET Program if they meet one of the following eligibility criteria:
- Inability, as the result of a physical or mental impairment, to use regular buses.
- Inability, as the result of a specific, impairment-related condition, to travel to and from a bus stop.
- Previous certification from another transit agency.
How to Register to Use the Service
If you believe that you are eligible to use SET, you can call the CAT office at 232-6100 and ask to be sent an application. The application can be completed easily enough, and requires the signature of a medical or human services professional to become certified. Or if you prefer, download an application here.
Service Area, Days and Hours of Service
The service area for SET is generally the same as that for CAT’s fixed-route service, which includes any location within ¾ mile of a bus route.
Days and hours of service vary from route to route, but are generally Monday through Saturday, from approximately 5:00AM until 9:45 PM. Some bus routes do not run on Saturdays and some have more limited hours of service.
To find out whether the trip you want to take corresponds to the availability of bus service, call the CAT office.
CAT’s SET service is provided door-to-door. It also means the driver will give you, the passenger, whatever assistance you want and need, up to the door of the location where you are traveling. The driver cannot take a wheelchair up and down steps, nor go in to a building in search of a passenger.
Personal Care Attendants (PCA’s) and Companions
The passenger may be accompanied by a Personal Care Attendant (at no charge), and by a companion at the regular fares described below. Additional companions may ride on a “space available” basis.
How to Make a Reservation for a Trip
You can make a reservation for a SET trip by calling 232-6100 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Saturday. The reservation can be made any time up until 4:00 the day before the day you want to go. Remember that service is only available in the areas buses run, and at the same times and days (see above).
Pick-up / Drop-Off “Window”
CAT’s SET service, like many similar services, operates on the basis of a “window” for pick-ups, which is defined as 15 minutes before or after the scheduled pick-up time. That means we would like you to be ready 15 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time. A trip is defined as on time if the driver arrives within 15 minutes of the scheduled time. The driver will wait five minutes after arriving for the passenger to appear.
How to Cancel a Reservation
If you need to cancel a reservation, please do so by calling us at 232-6100, at least one hour before your scheduled pick-up time.
SET Service is not offered on Sundays, or on the major holidays: Christmas, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving or on a Monday when the Holiday falls on Sunday.
The fare for SET service is equal to two (2) times the regular fixed-route fare for a comparable trip and is by zones as follows:
- Zone 1 – $3.50 per trip
- Zone 2 – $4.70 per trip
- Zone 3 – $5.90 per trip
Personal Care Attendants ride free, and companions accompanying the rider are charged the same fare as the rider. Tickets are available and may be purchased at the CAT office, 901 N. Cameron St., or the CAT ticket booth in Strawberry Square.
- Please no eating or drinking on the van.
- Passengers must have exact fare – drivers do not make change.
- Smoking is prohibited on the van.
- Guide/Service animals are the only animals permitted on the van.
- Loud and disruptive behavior may result in removal from the van.
- Seatbelts must be worn at all times.
- Grocery shopping passengers are limited to what can be reasonably carried by one person in one trip
- If a passenger needs a personal care attendant, notify the Scheduling Office.
- Drivers are not permitted to take wheelchairs up or down stairs, nor permitted to enter residence or destination point.